Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Elizabeth Lefler, Honors Thesis Advisor
Poverty; Children; Child psychology;
Chronic poverty is an unfortunate reality many children face every day. The current literature review evaluated the impact poverty has on children’s behavioral health and learning outcomes. Research consistently shows that children living in poverty experience higher rates of conduct problems, such as Conduct Disorder (CD), as well as increased learning problems, such as Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) and diminished academic success. There are several theories for this relation, encompassing both environmental and biological influences, which are reviewed herein. The overall conclusion is that living in poverty negatively impacts children’s behavioral and learning outcomes.
Year of Submission
Department of Psychology
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2019 Anna Catherine Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Anna Catherine, "The impact of chronic poverty on children's behavioral health and learning outcomes" (2019). Honors Program Theses. 394.